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Pickled Mackerel Sashimi and the Shōchū

Updated: Aug 17, 2022


Homemade Pickled Mackerel Sashimi“Shime-Saba” In Japan

Between tradition and modernity, Japanese culture continues to fascinate while being elusive. This unique aspect ensures the originality of this country. During your stay in Japan, you will be able to taste various dishes. And if Japanese culture has been strongly influenced by China or Korea, it is nonetheless different. Japan has this ability to understand, integrate and assimilate what comes from abroad within its own culture. This whole complex remains fascinating with its various features and there are some Japanese habits and customs that still remain today.

Japan, this country of the “rising sun”, renowned for its culture and economic power, has a strong culinary tradition and many rites associated with the consumption of food. Food enthusiasts know that Japanese dishes are absolutely one of a kind and very special. Moreover, Japanese culinary culture has been listed as a World Heritage Site. Among so many other dishes, the one that comes to mind when we talk about Japanese cuisine, the best known but also the most typical, is sushi. And on this framework, we are going to offer you a special article that will not only cover the topic of sushi in general, but that will offer you one of the most popular Japanese recipes, which is Mackerel sashimi or what is known as “Shime-Saba”.

The tradition of sushi in Japan

It is a quintessential Japanese dish. The sushi tradition began in Southeast Asia. It was a technique for preserving raw fish. The fish was salted and put in a container with fermented rice, which prevented the fish from deteriorating. After going through a wave of evolution, these dishes now consist of vinegary rice mixed with different ingredients, depending on the shape and type of sushi, such as fish, vegetables, but also dried seaweed leaves known as Nori. On this framework, the sushi can be maki sushi, nigiri sushi, temaki sushi, and many more.

How to eat Sushi in Japan?

We can eat them with chopsticks, or directly by hand by grasping them delicately and they are eaten in one bite. Depending on the consumer, the sushi may or may not be dipped in soy sauce or wasabi which is a very spicy Japanese condiment, or both at the same time. It's a real mix of flavors in the mouth. Indeed, sushi, if it originated in Japan, has become a global dish. Today this delicious dish has become very popular especially in Western Europe and North America. However, it is always advisable to ensure the quality of the fish so as not to have any unpleasant surprises.

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